Java house is planning to expand their branch footprint within the country with an additional five branches over the next three months.
The restaurant chain plans to open two branches at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and another one at Moi International Airport in Mombasa. The chain will also open an outlet in Eastleigh and another in Machakos.
The new branches will raise its total number of branches to 87 regionally. Java has 75 branches in Kenya, three in Rwanda and Four in Uganda.
The expansion plans are a turn of events. In October last year, Java house announced the closure of 2 of its branches, alongside massive scores of voluntary resignations. Java closed down its Aero Club restaurant at Wilson Airport and its Express outlet at Peponi road as COVID-19 hit hard. At the height of the pandemic, the company slashed salaries of its employees by 40%.
Company Group Executive Derrick Van Houten confirms that the business is now back on its feet and needs to grow.
“We are opening up five Java outlets by October because there is increased demand for our services in the market, he told the Business Daily. “You also need to know that the business is back on its feet and we are making money and so we need to grow.
Competition in Kenya’s food business continues to heat up as different brands strive to open more branches. Last year, Artcaffe opened four new branches at Britam Towers, Easter Bypass, Northern Bypass and Rhapta Road bringing its total number of Artcaffe branches to 39 countrywide.
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